Thursday, 10 December 2009
Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Conversation Piece, the proposed sculpture for Bishopthorpe Road / Scarcroft Road junction features 3 modern day guardians. Paying homage to the figures found on walls around the city. The figures represent the past present and future development of the area
The sculpture features:
A sweetie maker holding a Terry's Chocolate Orange to represent the past
A professional person representing the present community
A child representing the future
The figures will stand on a base made of stone. The stone will be carved with the inscription:
LISTEN TO THE PAST
TALK ABOUT THE PRESENT
LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Surrounding the base will be a small area of block paving created during workshop sessions. The blocks will feature 'CONVERSATION LOZENGES'
Terry's daring 18th-century conversation lozenges appealed to the Victorians. Those who were tongue-tied could always offer their companion a little piece of sugar paste printed with some suitable inscription. 'How do you flirt?' "Can you polka?' and 'Love me' were amongst those available from Terry's in York.
Our modern day Conversion Lozenges will have phrases suggested by local people representing their aspirations for the area. I have set up as Twitter account to enable people to engage with the project. Perhaps an idea will come to you while sitting on the bus, or walking the dog. Become a follower www.twitter.com/ailsamagnus and tweet your conversation starters.